Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin's gripping, widely acclaimed novel of a girl confronting the perils of friendship and the conflicts of community.Belle Teal's life isn't easy, but she gets by. She lives with her mother and grandmother far out in the country. They don't have much money, but Belle Teal feels rich with their love. As school begins, Belle Teal faces unexpected challenges. Her best friends are up against some big problems. And there are two new students in Belle Teal's class: a shy boy caught in the town's furor over desegregation, and a snob who has problems of her own. As her world falls apart, Belle Teal discovers the importance of sticking together.
Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin is the creator of The Baby-sitters Club, which has more than 180 million books in print, making it one of the most popular series in the history of publishing. Her novels include A Corner of the Universe
(a Newbery Honor Book), Belle Teal
, Here Today
, A Dog's Life
, On Christmas Eve
, and the Main Street and Family Tree series, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S. Longer Letter Later
and Snail Mail No More
, with Paula Danziger. Ann lives in upstate New York.